Since Ted Kaczynski used the mail system to send bombs to innocent people whom he targeted because of their contributions to modernity, the post office has a limit of 13 ounces for the weight of packages put in mailboxes. I must take books, being mailed, to a human being at my local post office.
Kaczynski in his malice toward the modern world has had a genuine impact on the lives of hundreds of millions. A trivial influence. A negative influence. But the man had a perverse effect. Curse you Ted Kaczynski. Curse those postal officials who think that a 13 ounce limit is a meaningful deterrent to mail bombs.
We all take off our shoes in the United States when we are flying. (A recent exemption has been made for children and old people.) The hundreds of millions of people who take off their shoes, boots, high heels and Birkenstocks every day owe this ritual to Richard Reid who tried to blow up an American Airlines flight with chemicals in his heel.
Reid failed but our lives have been impacted. It is a trivial impact. It is a negative impact. But one man had a perverse effect nevertheless.
Curse you Richard Reid. Curse all those people in the airline security business who think taking off our shoes reduces the chances of a bomb on an airplane.
The Japanese airplane security system does not require anyone to take off their shoes.